Contact Information

Vanguard University : 714.556.3610
Office of University Advancement: 714.996.5464

Advancement Administration

Kelly Kannwischer
Vice President for University Advancement
President, Vanguard University Foundation
Kelly is responsible for University Advancement and creating awareness, building relationships and generating support for Vanguard University. This is accomplished through deliberate efforts that incorporate strategic communications/marketing, alumni relations, community and government relations, development and resource planning and administration. Kelly oversees staff on the first floor of Smith Hall—including Development, University Relations and Marketing & Communications.
 IMG_6176_web Erin (Lawrence) Hulse ’08
Sr. Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for University Advancement
Erin provides administrative support to the Vice President of University Advancement and the Vanguard University Foundation. Erin is a Vanguard University alumna.

Development Team

 Justin McIntee 3 Justin McIntee ’98
Associate Vice President for Development and Campaign Management
Justin provides leadership to the Development Team, including fundraising management and campaign direction. He works closely with volunteers, including the Foundation Board of Directors, to secure philanthropic support for the university. Justin is a Vanguard University alumnus.
 Erin McHenry Erin McHenry
Director of Annual Fund and Stewardship
Erin directs stewardship for the university. She leads all Annual Fund direct mail, phone, and e-solicitation activities. She connects individuals, businesses and corporations to opportunities to further the mission of Vanguard through The Vanguard University Fund.
Brent Theobald ’11
Director of Veterans Affairs
Brent provides leadership in the Veterans Center, including recruiting students, cultivating donor support, and identifying new ways that Vanguard can better serve the veteran population. Brent is a veteran of the marine corps and a Vanguard University alumnus.
Lindsay Bodwell
Administrative Assistant | Office of Development
Lindsay provides administrative support to the Development Office, specifically assisting capital campaign efforts. She manages donor communication, campaign tracking, and office management.[Lindsay is on leave until April 2014. Please contact Laura Raley at 714.966.5458 or]
Sarah Jay
Advancement Services Manager
Sarah oversees the daily operation of the database, which tracks contributions and identities. She is responsible for data input/output, technology management, and generating financial and analytical reports. She supports the work of the Advancement team and alumni and serves as a liaison to the Office of Fiscal Management and Financial Aid.
Kristine Fray ’13
Database Recorder
Kristine supports the database through gift receiving and data entry, including updating contact information and generating donation receipts. She also maintains endowment records and the database filing system. Kristine is a Vanguard University alumna.

Alumni and University Relations Team

Joel Gackle M’10
Director of Alumni and University Relations
Joel is responsible for cultivating relationships with alumni, churches, and employers. His role is to connect members from both inside and outside the university to the mission of Vanguard. Joel is tasked with increasing involvement with the university, both in giving and participation. He supervises the management of the alumni online community, contributes to the Vanguard magazine, and manages Career Services. Joel is a Vanguard University alumnus.
Heather (Rachels) Clements ’02
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
Heather works alongside Joel Gackle in cultivating relationships with alumni and increasing their involvement with the university. Heather is a Vanguard University alumna.
David Gable
Director of Church Relations
David serves to strengthen the University’s connection with and service to local churches. David has previously served as an Assemblies of God pastor, Assistant Superintendent for the Southern California District, and adjunct professor at Vanguard.
Anita (Foster) Hann ’99
Church Relations Coordinator
Anita supports the Church Relations by leading Vanguard’s presence at Youth Convention, Fine Arts, and through the district and general council meetings. She also serves churches that participate in the church scholarship program through communication, support, and stewardship. Anita is a Vanguard University alumna.
  Lauren (Rogers) Riddle ’09
Administrative Assistant | Office of University Relations
Lauren provides administrative support to the Advancement and University Relations teams and welcomes visitors to the department as the front desk receptionist. Lauren is a Vanguard University alumna.

University Events Team

Juls Hernandez
Associate Director of University Events
Juls provides leadership for the planning and marketing of university-wide events such as Christmas Fantasia, Celebration of the Arts, and Commencement. Juls also supports functions related to donor appreciation and the marketing of conferences, seminars, and lectures offered by the University.
Kelly Douglas ’13
Interim Special Events & Volunteer Coordinator
Kelly provides administrative support to the University Events department.

Marketing and Communications Team

Erin Hales M’10
Director of Marketing and Communications
Erin manages the development and production for all the marketing and communication activities that support and promote the University and its various departments and offices, including overseeing the development of all marketing materials and advertising. Erin helps guide the University and department projects from inception to completion, communicating with University staff, faculty, and administrators, and interfacing with vendors to ensure the deliverables of each project are on time, on budget, meet project goals, and adhere to University standards. Erin is a Vanguard University alumna.
Tawny Marcus
Associate Creative Director
Tawny is responsible for the creative direction, graphic design and execution for all marketing materials for Vanguard University. Tawny implements the institutional design into electronic, print and other applications and manages and designs the creative product for a variety of marketing materials for each department all while adhering to University standards.[Tawny is on leave. Please contact Candice Co for assistance.]
IMG_6170_web Candice Co
Senior Graphic Designer
Candice provides graphic design support to the office of marketing and communications, and university projects.
 Mel Smith Mel Smith
Associate Director of Web Services and Development
Mel maintains the university’s website and liaises with individual departments on content and new projects. He is responsible for the overall digital strategy of the University including web, mobile, social media, paid media, and digital communications.
Chelsea (Belardo) Galusky ’04
Social Media Specialist
Chelsea works in the Marketing & Communications office to use social and digital media to create, implement, and drive Vanguard University marketing campaigns. She collaborates with campus departments to strategically generate online activity and engagement, increase traffic, create e-newsletters, and foster an online community that exemplifies Vanguard’s brand. Chelsea also monitors the daily activity, customer service, and analytical data for all @VanguardU channels []
  Holly Clinard
Public Relations Specialist
Holly works with the Office of Marketing & Communications to fulfill the public relations needs of the University. Holly covers university and departmental events across campus, ensuring a smooth process of PR and media tasks.
 IMG_6183_web Susie DiLauria
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Susie provides project management to the Marketing & Communications team, specifically assisting with public relations, scheduling, and communications.